The Spring 2011 edition of Black Camera has arrived and is an especially important version which the Black Film Center/Archive hopes can reach film scholars as well as professors seeking to incorporate these readings into their curriculum.

This issue featured Guest Editor Dr. LaMonda Horton Stallings, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and African American and African Diaspora Studies, and delves into the topic of sexuality and eroticism in Black film, cinema, and video.

In this issue, Stallings states, “all the writers within this special issue of Black Camera diverge from traditional scholarship on black film and challenge what film genres are worthy of study, as well as redefine what is sexual, sensual, and erotic on film” in order to go beyond the traditional normative Black sexuality.

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Editor’s Notes 1

Call for Special Issue Submissions

Precious and the Novel Push (Suzette Spencer and Carlos Miranda, guest editors) 4
Afrosurrealism in Film/Video (Terri Simone Francis, guest editor) 6


Hyenas in the Enchanted Brothel: “The Naked Truth” in Djibril Diop Mambéty 8

Greg Thomas

“Let It Go Black”: Desire and the Erotic Subject in the Films of Bill Gunn 26

Marlo D. David

“Redemptive Softness”: Interiority, Intellect, and Black Women’s Ecstasy in Kathleen Collins’s Losing Ground 47

L.H. Stallings

All the Sad Young Men: Whiteness as Melancholic Haunting in Black Queer Independent Film 63

Samuel Park

The “Top” of the Heap: Race, Manhood, and Legitimation in My Life in Porn: The Bobby Blake Story 80

Terry Rowden

Our Stories Have Never Been Told: Preliminary Thoughts on Black Lesbian Cultural Production as Historiography in The Watermelon Woman 100

Matt Richardson

Variant Sexualities and African Modernity in Joseph Gaye Ramaka’s Karmen Geї 114

Babacar M’Baye


From a Real Place and Real People: Interview with Mississippi Damned Writer/Director Tina Mabry 130

Marlon Rachquel Moore

Africultures Dossier

African Film’s Meaningful Body 138

Olivier Barlet

Poster Gallery: Coming Attractions 146

Book Reviews

Andrea Barnwell and Valerie Cassel Oliver, eds., Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists
and the Moving Image Since 1970 155

Phyllis Lynne Burns

Film Reviews

Kareem Mortimer, Children of God 159

Angelique V. Nixon

Dennis Dortch, A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy 162

Dolores V. Sisco

Archival News    164
Professional Notes and Research Resources    165
Notes on Contributors    171
Call for Submissions    174

One thought on “Black Camera Spring 2011: Beyond Normative: Sexuality and Eroticism in Black Film, Cinema, and Video

  1. Does anyone know where wee can obtain a copy of Kathleen Collins Prettyman’s “Losing Ground”? She was a member of our Skidmore class of 1963 approaching its 50th reunion, and we would like to honor her with a showing of her film.

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